Wednesday, July 31, 2019


The only way to have eternal life is
through faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ. “He
who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey
the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
John 3:36.
Faith alone, cannot save. Jesus gives
eternal life to those who obey Him. The words that Jesus spoke, His
commandments, as they were also recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and
John, are the words of eternal life to those who obey Him. Jesus
preached the sermon on the mount as we read it in Matthew chapters 5
to 7. At the end of His sermon he said: “Therefore
everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be
compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 
the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed
against that house; and 
yet it
did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like
a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 
rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed
against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.” Matthew
Those who believe in Jesus and therefor
receive Him can be come children of God. We read in John 1:12 “But
as many as received Him, He gave to them authority to be children of
God--to those believing in His name,” Those who receive Jesus obey
His words, repent and are baptized, and are born again. He give His
Holy Spirit in them. They become His sheep who follow and obey Him.
Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they
follow Me; 
I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one
will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27,28. The key to
salvation is obedience. His sheep follow and obey Him and He gives
them eternal life.
Jesus Christ, “Although
He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He
suffered.  And having been made perfect, He became to all those
who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,” Hebrews 5:8,9. All
those who follow Jesus will learn obedience through suffering.
Suffering is required to learn obedience and work holiness in those
who follow Jesus.
Through suffering
they will learn faith and be purified, if they stay with Jesus and do
not turn from Him when they have to suffer for their faith and
devotion to Him. We read in 1 Peter 4:1 “Therefore, since Christ
has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose,
because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.”
Following Jesus is not easy. We will be
tested. Our devotion and obedience will be tested. If we deny Jesus,
He will also deny us. If we disobey Him, He will discipline us to
teach us obedience. That discipline will often come through
suffering. We must endure the discipline and suffering and so learn
obedience. We must not cave in and turn from Jesus when He
disciplines us.
We read in Hebrews 12:4-12 “You have
not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving
against sin;
you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as
is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons;
for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8But
if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers,
then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Furthermore,
we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall
we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and
live? 10For
they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but
He disciplines us for our good, so that we may
share His holiness. 11All
discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet
to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the
peaceful fruit of righteousness.
strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are
feeble, 13and
make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which
is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”
Through obedience to Jesus we are transformed
into obedient children of God, in the likeness of Jesus so that we
can be fit to receive the prize of eternal life at the end of our
journey, if we endure and stay with Him until the end.
May Jesus bless

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